Workin’ 3 to 5

Tumble outta bed and I stumble to the kitchen

Pour myself a cup of ambition

Yawn and stretch and try to come to life

Jump in the shower and the blood starts pumpin’

Out on the street the traffic starts jumpin’

With folks like me on the job from 9 to 5

-Dolly Parton (9 to 5)


As students continue on the journey to adulthood, they begin to make important strides: getting their first car, being in a serious relationship, and importantly, getting a job.

Getting a job is a liberating part of getting older. Suddenly young people have control over money, even if it is a small amount. However, teenagers can be hesitant to begin working; time is important for homework and leisure time. There are pros and cons to getting a job.

If an Oceana student is interested in getting a job, they are in luck. Oceana is perched right above shopping vicinities, like Eureka Square or Palmetto Avenue. Eureka Square in particular, is home to plenty of teen-friendly first job stores. Tea World is perfect for someone who has a fondness for boba, and it is a social institution for many Oceana students. A trend-setter who needs to save up some money for their next Forever 21 shopping binge could get a job at Plato’s closet.

I spoke with Rosa Davidson, a student at Oceana High School, about her opinions on having a job. Ms. Davidson is an employee at Oceana Market, located in Eureka Square. On the topic of owning her own money, Rosa was very pleased with the financial benefits: “Well, I like buying a lot of clothing, buying myself food, being able to go on more adventures, so it’s nice to be able to afford all that. Also at Oceana Market you get a 20% off discount if you’re an employee, which is pretty nice.”

However, having a job is not all about ‘fat’ paychecks and adventures. One of the most challenging aspects of having a job is maintaining organization. “Staying organized with school work and keeping track of when you have to go to work is very hard,” says Davidson. Between the lengthy amount of homework students at OHS receive, and the amount of hours working after school, balancing a job and school is a common struggle.

But like many others, Davidson has learned a lot from working at her first job, “…I think that I’m pretty good at adapting to situations, for example, when something goes wrong,I’m usually good at figuring out how to handle it.” Another perk to getting a job is that a teenager can list it on future resumes.

Essentially, getting a job is a right of passage for those coming of age and an endearing part of youth, where paychecks determine the next adventure. So if it’s up to you, and you want to, this writer says: get a job! Laugh with your friends in 20 years about all you learned from your time as an employee at Oceana Market, Tea World, Plato’s Closet, or wherever you chose. In the words of Rosa Davidson: “Try your hardest, ask questions, and ask a lot of questions.”

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